Seriously, I truly hate Facebook and my low opinion is reinforced daily with news of more corporate misconduct. This post was not on my editorial calendar and has nothing to do with my usual subject matter. It is, in fact, simply a personal rant, but I have to get it off my chest!
Facebook: What’s To Love?
Admittedly I was never really into it and only got an account to keep anyone else from claiming my name. My original objections were that the app was too demanding and intrusive. It seemed that if you were “on Facebook” it meant that you spent hours checking in, posting your whereabouts and activities for all the world to see.
Then after that you invested even more time digging into the lives of everyone else you had ever known since elementary school, for some reason. You were constantly alerted with notifications and reminders, and you could never get out from under its clutches.
It was as if the people I knew who were on Facebook had been hypnotized into recording their every move and random thought. So even though I created a profile, I never kept up with it.
I realized I actually couldn’t care less that a former co-worker was at Starbucks, or what the Joneses fed their dog for dinner. And I certainly didn’t need other people inserting themselves into my private life, either, thank you very much. Who has time for that?
And that brings me to my next point.
Good For Nothing But FOMO and Discord
Studies have shown, and anecdotes confirm, that social networking is not as beneficial as face-to-face human interaction. In fact, limiting one’s time spent on social media can lead to significant improvements in well-being.
Facebook is still the most-used social network, but research indicates that hanging out there doesn’t have the same positive impact on well-being that real-life relationships promote. In fact, “most measures of Facebook use in one year predicted a decrease in mental health in a later year.”
Encouraging people to waste time creating enviable online versions of their lives to provoke fear of missing out in others is probably the least of Facebook’s misdeeds.
How many friendships have been undone by oversharing and worse on Facebook? You’re exposed to other people’s abhorrent opinions every time you check in. Not to mention the bigotry, harassment, and bullying that goes on every day. Speaking of which …
Irresponsible Use Of Collected Data
Facebook bends over backward to avoid accountability for the hate speech on their platform. The network is used to spread demonstrably false information. And user information has been harvested for nefarious purposes.
But they refuse to share internal data with legitimate researchers, claiming it would breach their user agreement. Yet, strangely, that doesn’t stop them from profiting off user profiles to increase their revenue.
Corporate Culture Reeks of Greed
Facebook has no qualms about divulging personal data to advertisers and app developers to grow their bottom line. But they don’t want to be accountable for negative activity stemming from their lackadaisical approach to its users’ information.
Internal documents have revealed that Mark Zuckerberg has a record of destroying competitors. What do you think he cares about the millions of people affected by these shenanigans?
Is a Social Media Presence Worth It?
At this point, both public trust and employee satisfaction are in decline, so it’s obvious that I’m not the only one dissatisfied and disillusioned with Facebook. #DeleteFacebook is a thing that more and more people are actually getting serious about, if not always following through on.
I can’t bring myself to use Facebook even to promote my business, to my own detriment. I joined entrepreneurial groups and set up a business page like everyone advises you to do. But I haven’t interacted online, and my company has suffered as a result.
So it’s a dilemma. On the one hand, I need social media for marketing but I hate Facebook (and Twitter too, but that’s a rant for a different day). Yet I can’t bring myself to delete my account; I prefer to ignore it.
Have Your Say!
What do you think? Do you use Facebook personally or for business? How do you handle social media? Help! I could really use your advice so please comment below!